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May 16, 2014

‘Delivery Man’ somehow makes crude topic heartwarming

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emann@pvdemocrat.com — Despite all the brainwashing and guilt laden efforts to convince many sheltered individuals otherwise, one can take some of the most risqué subject matter available and craft more than just a shiny turd. Sure, quite a bit of that is still only good for dumb fun, but I’d rather save serious condemnation for far more serious crimes that happen in the real world.

Today’s title might very well send more than a few prudes into cardiac arrest over the “sinful” plot driving the overall story, but can be downright hilarious for those not ashamed of human nature. It’s probably the most balanced picture by the lead actor since “Dodgeball” and maybe the most heartwarming to date. I was far more entertained by “Delivery Man” than I initially expected and feel no more damned than usual for partaking.

Our tale follows the rather sad and uninteresting life of butcher shop delivery man Dave Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), who can’t seem to stabilize his life be it owing a ton of money to thugs or finding out that his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) is pregnant with his child. Despite saying he wants to turn his life around and be there as a father, no one seems to take this sentiment seriously, including his lawyer friend Brett (Chris Pratt), who is stuck in a sea of miniature people.

However, his life dives into the most extreme versions of chaotic and interesting when a lawsuit is filed seeking Dave’s identity after a large chunk of 500 children spawned from his donated DNA seek information about their father. Though he has the most air tight case ever to never be revealed, he instead risks everything in a hilarious scenario where he tries to secretly stalk and help as many of them as possible. Perhaps his family and others do accept this reality a bit too well when it all is said and done, but for some reason it is really hard to knock the guy for doing more for people he doesn’t know than some who are supposed to be veteran parents.

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